Surrender an Animal

Giving up a Pet

Citizens for Animal Protection realizes how difficult it can be to give up a pet. That is why we try every resource at our disposal to place the animals that are brought to us. CAP's adoption rate is three times the national average and among the higest in the state. However, due to the pet overpopulation crisis, the sad reality is that not all animals find homes and some are euthanized. CAP is a "Managed Intake" Shelter which means that we do not euthanize animals to make room for more animals. If we have spave for an animal we will take it and as long as the animal is healthy and  has a good temperament, the animal will stay at CAP until adopted. We do euthanize fanimals that are suffering from injuries, contagios disease and aggression.

This section explains:

Weekend Sponsor Program

In order to prevent the possibility of euthanasia (humane death) Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) provides a unique program to assist pet owners who need to find a new home for their animal(s). The Weekend Sponsor program is designed for people who can keep a dog or cat in their home during the week and place it up for adoption at CAP on the weekend, a time when most potential adopters visit the shelter. Please CALL 281-497-0591 for more information about this program (DO NOT EMAIL as the staff at CAP does not answer email regarding weekend sponsorship).

Medical Requirements for Weekend Sponsor Animals

All animals must be evaluated for health and behavior.  ALL veterinarian medical records verified before entering the Weekend Sponsor Program. If your animal has been treated for any health or medical issues, ALL treatment, follow up examinations and veterinary clearance must be submitted before the animal can be accepted into the program. Evaluations are done at CAP between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. No appointment is necessary. CAP RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECLINE ANY ANIMAL FROM ENTERING INTO THE WEEKEND SPONSOR PROGRAM.  Denial can be due to (but not limited to) lack of medical records or medical history not current, current health problems or behavioral issues.

Prior to evaluation, puppies and kittens must be at least 8 weeks of age and weigh over 2lb.

Vaccinations and Boosters must be current and given within the past 90 days (vet records required). Puppies and Kittens must be at least 8 weeks of age, weigh over 2 lbs and at least have their first set of vaccinations. The Bordatella vaccination is required for all dogs every six months.

Rabies vaccination is a state law that is required for all dogs and cats 4 months of age and older. A certificate, tag or vet record is required to verify that the rabies vaccination is current. Only a veterinarian can administer a rabies vaccination.

All dogs and cats over 4 months of age must be spayed/neutered prior to participation in the program. The sponsor home is fully responsible for this procedure.

All dogs over 5 months of age must be tested and show they are free of heartworms within the last 30 days. Feline FeLV testing is also required. Records from your Veterinarian can verify the tests.   


CAP's Low Cost Vaccination Clinic can provide these services at a minimum expense. (Does not include spay/neuter surgery). Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. No appointment necessary.

Shelter Reservations for Weekend Sponsor Program


CAP begins taking reservations for kennels no sooner than Monday at 11:00 a.m. for the upcoming weekend. Reservations will not be accepted before that time and space is limited. A Weekend Sponsor animal must have gone through the evaluation process before a reservation can be made. Animals with reservations must arrive at the shelter between 11:00 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday. Sponsor parents should call CAP by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday to inquire about the status of their pet(s). Animals not adopted must be picked up by 6:00 P.M. ON SUNDAY.

Friday arrivals and Monday departures are available for a minimal boarding fee if approved by a manager.

Sponsor parents must ensure that CAP has all necessary paperwork pertaining to their animal(s) prior to arrival.

Surrendering a Pet

CAP accepts animals Monday - Wednesday and Friday - Sunday, from 10am to 3:30 pm. CAP does not accept animals on Thursdays. Due to the overwhelming number of animals that CAP receives daily, we cannot accept animals after 3:30pm. CAP strives not to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to make room for more animals. CAP is a Managed Intake shelter and there may be days when we cannot accept animals as we do not have the space to humanely house and care for them.  CAP will not allow an animal to suffer due to injury or disease. CAP will not risk healthy animals in the shelter to be exposed to sick or diseased animals. CAP will not risk the safety of animals and staff due to unsafe or dangerous situations. The decision to euthanize an animal is made by experienced and compassionate personnel who always consider what is in the best and most humane interest of that animal.

Prior to bringing an animal to CAP, please call to find out if we are accepting animals that day. We will accept two (2) adult animals per week from a household.

All animals must be spayed/neutered by the time they are adopted. For this reason, we can only accept kittens that weigh 2 lbs and over and puppies that are at least 8 weeks of age.

CAP operates strictly on donations and the average cost to care for an animal is $200. We require a minimum $30 donation with your pet. To leave a large breed dog (over 50 lbs) we require a minimum of $50 donation. To accept two or more animals ( in a litter under 4 months of age) we require $20 per animal.

If you have reached the decision to surrender your pet to CAP, please print out the appropriate personality form and bring with you. This form gives us valuable information which can help us find your pet a new home.

Euthanasia Policy

Citizens for Animal Protection completely supports that no healthy, adoptable animal should be euthanized. To this end, CAP's priority is to not euthanize any healthy, adoptable animal to make room for more animals.

CAP will not allow any animal surrendered to us to suffer, nor will CAP risk the health or safety of our shelter animals by exposing then to contagious diseases or unsafe conditions.

Euthanasia is a decision that may be made to prevent suffering, to prevent the spread of disease to healthy animals or when an animal poses a threat to humans or other animals.

Euthanasia is performed by compassionate, experienced personnel and is a decision that is not taken lightly.

If space is not available for us to accept your animal(s) and humanely care for them, you will be provided with information about our Weekend Sponsor Program, in addition to other shelters and rescue services.

If you insist that CAP accept your animal(s) when we are full and, you are unwilling or unable to make other arrangements for them, you will be informed of our euthanasia policies.

CAP will, at all times, act in the best interest of each and every animal in our care.

Please be advised that CAP will not accept trapped feral (wild) cats for euthanasia. If you wish to trap a cat and are willing to have it neutered and return it to its original location, please contact our Feral Cats Assistance Program Coordinator. Learn more about Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane solution for feral cat colonies that prevents overpopulation and is free. If you have trapped a cat and do not want to neuter and return, you can surrender the cat to your local animal control facility but first you may want to read about preventing unwanted feral behavior with our Feral Cat Deterrence Techniques.